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Volcanoes: Nature's Way of Letting Off Steam

A slide show of eruptions and their impacts around the world

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Phreatic explosion of Guagua Pichincha on the morning of October 7, 1999. Photographed from the city of Quito, Ecuador.....[ More ]

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Pahoehoe lava flows from an erupting Kilauea on Hawaii Island.....[ More ]

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Houses engulfed by lava and ash pushed into the street following an eruption of Heimaey Volcano on the Icelandic island of Vestmannaeyjar. Ash and lava continue to belch from the volcano behind.....[ More ]

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Mount Saint Helens emits a plume of steam and ash on October 1, 2004, from an area of new crevasses in the crater glacier south of the lava dome that grew between the 1980 eruption and 1986. The event lasted approximately 25 minutes and created a pale gray cloud that reached an altitude of almost 10,000 feet (3,050 meters).....[ More ]

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Mount Semeru spews smoke a day after the nearby Mount Bromo volcano erupted, killing two people, some 45 miles (75 kilometers) south of Surabaya, the capital of East Java and Indonesia's second largest city.....[ More ]

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Steam Rises from Volcano on New Zealand's White Island....[ More ]

Mount Vesuvius Erupting

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Italy.....[ More ]

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View of the Nyiragongo volcano, located inside Virunga National Park. Mount Nyiragongo is one of the most famous volcanoes in Africa and one of eight in the Virunga Mountains, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo near the town of Goma in eastern part of the country.....[ More ]

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Gas and steam rise from Chile's Chaitén volcano, which has also started to spew lava near the city of Chaitén, 760 miles (1,220 kilometers) south of the capital, Santiago. At the moment, about 8,000 of the 12,000 inhabitants of the municipalities Chaitén, Futaleufú and Palena have been evacuated due to the eruption.....[ More ]

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Lightning strikes during a volcanic eruption of Galunggung in West, Java, Indonesia.....[ More ]

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